University of Illinois Extension

Archives for January 2013

January 31, 2013

Host Richard Hentschel discusses the variety garden catalogs that begin so up in the mailbox after the holiday sales flyers drop off. Catalogs can be rather specific, limited to just vegetables for example or ones that use the umbrella principal and cover everything garden. Regardless of type be sure to select seeds or plants that are adapted to our area. Tool catalogs can a great asset to any gardeners shed and new pruners, harvest aids are offered every year.

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January 24, 2013

Richard Hentschel, host of Greenside Up talks about the potential for trouble with pantry pests in March or April or perhaps sooner in your home. Most often the problem shows up after the holiday baking season has passed and there are flour products still in the pantry cabinet. The most common insect is likely to be the Indian Meal Moth. Richard talks about prevention and clean up if you do find the moths.

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January 17, 2013

Richard Hentschel discusses where and how insects in the landscape spend the cold winter months. Monarch Butterflys migrant south to warm weather, others gather in great numbers as adults, yet others find shelter in leaf litter or under cracks and crevices. Honey bees do not go dormant at all and remain alive generating heat to keep the hive alive.

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January 10, 2013

Richard Hentschel, host of Greenside Up discusses firewood that you will buy, burn and enjoy during the winter months. Terms like cord, face cord, rick or half rick begin to make sense once you begin to compare costs, quality, kind and moisture content in the wood you are interested in.

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January 3, 2013

Host Richard Hentschel talks about repurposing the holiday tree once the lights and ornaments and decorations are off. Using it outside for the birds is one way, using the cut bows is another.

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